Canadian poker players kept the gas right to the floor yesterday, while on the hunt for the few remaining WSOP bracelets leading up to Saturday’s start and Day 1a of the $10,000 Main Event, aka the No Limit Hold’em (World) Championship.
Quebec’s Roch Cousineau came very close, returning for a three handed forced Day 4. In the end, Cousineau would wind up in 2nd place, but we’ll tell you more in our short recap of Event #58. Negreanu also put another cash up on the board yesterday, but fell just short of his final table.
We still have at least one more big shot at a Canadian taking home a bracelet #4 in one the 60 or so preliminary events that have lead up to $10,000 No Limit Hold’em starting today though; look for to Event #59 for all the details.
Event #57 – $10,000 NLH 6 Handed – Day 4
American players Gregory Merson and Keith Lehr returned to the table Friday to determine the newest bracelet owner and winner of the $1,136,197 up top, with Merson emerging as the victor. Things didn’t turn out all bad for Keith though either; he collected just over $700,000 for his runner up finish.
Event #58 – $3,000 PLO Hi-Low Split-8 or Better – Day 4
Quebec’s Roch Cousineau also returned to the felt for some three handed play Friday and it didn’t take long to see him facing Russian opponent Viacheslav Zhuckov in heads up play. Once the two squared off, it was a Rocky Balboa vs Ivan Drago type affair, with he two player’s going blow for blow in what truly seemed like a boxing match on the felts. Between the huge blinds and aggressive pre-flop action, each hand delivered one player or the other a crushing upper cut, with many scooped pots dodging the blocking action of a chopped hi or low.
The chip lead weaved and bobbed back and forth between the two, returning to near even on several occasions. Every few hands or so it looked like a knock-out for on or the other was inevitable, but the players had to return to their corners for a 20 minute break before the final blows would be delivered; there was no Holloywood ending for our contender in this one, as Zhuckov eliminated Roch to claim the title and $330,277.
Cousineau still earned a hard fought $204,426 for his second place finish, with friends and family in Gatineua Quebec sure to celebrate his impressive result. This was Roch’s 4th cash in the past two WOrld Series of Poker seasons; having also finished 27th in this same event last year.
Event #59A & B – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em – Day 2
Victoria BC player Alex Cordero bagged and tagged the chip lead at the conclusion of Friday’s play, with now just 51 players of the original 4,620 returning to the tables on Saturday.
Besides Alex’s chip lead, 5 other Canadian players, Todor Plaseski (15th, BC), Gaetono Dimaria (18th, ON), Eric Levesque (27th, QC), Glybert Drolet (40th, QC) and Colin Padgett (48th, ON) will also still be in contention today; giving better than a 10-1 shot in terms of the field ratio that this bracelet and $654,797 top prize will be coming home.
468 players made the money Friday, once again including a long list of or own. As earlier promised, we have those names and finished for those keeping track;
Benjamin Dobson, who appears to be quite possibly the only WSOP in the money finisher from Nunavut, (or from Poole UK ?), is showing the Canadian flag beside his 62nd place finish worth $8,857, with Quebec’s David Bonneau just behind him in 63rd for the same.
Soren Turkewitsch (102nd, ON), Shannon Glenesk (113th, BC), Alphonso Sorhaindo (136th, QC) and Kyle Ho (149th, BC) all hit the cage for $3,659 after their deep runs.
Roger Simpson, (154th, BC), Warren Russell, (169th, BC), Geoffrey Mulligan (178th, SK), Marius Botha (179th, BC), Luke Robichaud (181st, MB), Jiachen Gong (184th, QC) and Halifax’s Owen Crowe (195th, NS) were all good for $3,119 finishes.
Harminder Auja, (225th, BC), Benoit Gariepy (245th, DNR), Michael Zimmer (250th, AB) and Gregory Price (272nd AB) earned $2,703 for their efforts.
Johnny A Benehoutsos (292nd, ON), Azim Popatia (301st, ON), Fredric Bouari (312th, QC), Patrick Girard (315th, QC) and Jonathan Poulin (326th, QC) picked up $2,370.
Nicholas Aubin, (354th, QC) and Brian Bond (392nd, ON) finished a pay rung below the latter at $2,079, while Antonio Muro, (403rd, QC), Craig Bulger (426th, NL) and John Salvidia min cashed in this massive starting field for $1,830.
Event #60- $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball – Day 2
There’s a good chance even your grandmother would recognize Daniel Negreanu and he was the only Canadian face still standing when the money hit at the final 14.
It was to be short lived however, with Negreanu busting 13th of the 101 entrants who entered this one; good for a $19,722 “min-cash”.
Andy Bloch, John Juanda and Nick Schulman are a few of the more popular players returning in the final 10 to play for the bracelet and $294,321.
$560 Bracelet Bounty No-Limit Hold’em
(1-Day Non-bracelet event)
Very little info was available on his one, though we do as the starting time approached, WSOP Tournament Director and Live Action Twitter accounts were telling players that due to overwhelming demand, the event needed to be moved into the Pavilion Room. At that time, more than 500 players were ready rock and registered; hopefully, we’ll hear if any Canadians made some big final table scores. Either way, one definitely to consider trying to play next year.
WSOP National Championship (3 Day Event)- Day 1
157 of the eligible 200 players who had qualified during the 2011/12 WSOP Circuit season turned out, including several Canadians we were keeping and eye on; BC’s Jonas Mackoff and Daniel Idema, as well as Ontario poker powerhouse Mark Radoja were just a few of the familiar names that started the day, but of the 39 players remaining, it appears most, if not all, of our prospects have hit the rail.
The money will start once they are down to 18, with more than $416,000 and a gold bracelet going to the winner. We’ll keep you posted, as always and come back to this one.
The “big show” is about to get underway, with the first of 3 starting “Day 1’s”. It’s another guessing gaming when it comes to how many millions will be up for grabs at this years final table and it will be almost a few weeks before we get there.
Will this year eclipse the 6,865 entrants of 2011?
Can last year’s top prize of $8,711,956 be beaten in 2012, or will we see numbers going down and not up at all?
By Tuesday, the prize-pools and pay-outs will be in, until then, Good Luck to all our players taking a seat!